materiel command

air force materiel

Air Force Materiel Command, with headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was created July 1, 1992. The command was formed through the reorganization of Air Force Logistics Command and Air Force Systems Command.


AFMC's mission is to develop, deliver and sustain the best products for the world's best Air Force. It is the Air Force's largest command in terms of employees and funding. AFMC supports other U.S. military forces and allies, and handles major aerospace responsibilities for the Department of Defense.

This includes research, development, testing, and evaluation of satellites, boosters, space probes and associated systems needed to support specific National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration projects.

AFMC researches, develops, tests, acquires, delivers and logistically supports every Air Force weapon system as well as other military non-weapon systems. AFMC works closely with its customers -- the operational commands -- to ensure each has the most capable aircraft, missiles and support equipment possible.

AFMC uses five goals to help build a better Air Force:

* Satisfies its customers' needs in war and peace
* Enables its people to excel
* Sustains technological superiority
* Enhances the excellence of its business practices
* Operates quality installations

Personnel and Resources

AFMC employs a highly professional and skilled command work force of about 111,500 military and civilian employees. The command's emphasis on "high technology" makes it the Air Force's largest employer of scientists and engineers. AFMC also employs the most Air Force civilians -- about 76,500 -- and has about 11,000 officers and 24,000 enlisted people. This work force operates major product centers throughout the United States.

AFMC fulfills its mission of equipping the Air Force with the best weapons systems through a series of facilities that fosters "cradle-to-grave" oversight for aircraft, missiles, munitions and the people who operate them.

Weapon systems, such as aircraft and missiles, are developed and acquired through four product centers, using science and technology from four major laboratories. The systems are tested in AFMC's three test centers, then are serviced and receive major repairs over their lifetime at the command's five air logistics centers. The command's specialized centers perform many other development and logistics functions. Eventually, aircraft and missiles are "retired" to AFMC's Arizona desert facility.

Product Centers

Aeronautical Systems Center, at Wright-Patterson AFB, is responsible for research, development, test, evaluation and initial acquisition of aeronautical systems and related equipment for the Air Force. Its major active programs are the B-2 and B-1B bombers, advanced cruise missile, C-17 airlifter, F-22 fighter and continuing work on the F-117A stealth fighter, F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Electronic Systems Center, at Hanscom AFB, Mass., develops and acquires command, control, communications, computer and intelligence systems. Among the systems developed by the center are mission planning systems, the Airborne Warning and Control System, the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and the North American Aerospace Defense Command Center in Cheyenne Mountain, Colo.

Space and Missile Systems Center, at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., designs and acquires all Air Force and most DOD space systems. It oversees launches, completes on-orbit checkouts, then turns systems over to user agencies. It supports the Program Executive Office for Space on the Navstar Global Positioning, Defense Satellite Communications and Milstar systems. SMSC also supports the Titan IV, Defense Meteorological Satellite and Defense Support programs, and Follow-on Early Warning System. In addition, it supports development and acquisition of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles for the Air Force Program Executive Office - Strategic Systems.

Human Systems Center, at Brooks AFB, Texas, has the role of integrating and maintaining people in Air Force systems and operations. The center concentrates on crew-system integration, crew protection, environmental protection and force readiness (human resources and aerospace medicine). It develops and acquires systems such as life support, chemical warfare defense, air base support and aeromedical casualty.

Major Laboratories

Armstrong Laboratory is part of the Human Systems Center at Brooks AFB, and ensures that Air Force weapon systems are compatible with the people operating them. The laboratory researches and develops technology for maintaining, protecting and enhancing human capabilities during Air Force operations. Its efforts are concentrated on aerospace medicine, crew systems, human resources and occupational and environmental health.

Phillips Laboratory, at Kirtland AFB, N.M., is the Air Force's focal point for all space and missile-related research and technology, including geophysics, propulsion, space vehicles, survivability and directed-energy weapons. It is part of AFMC's Space and Missile Systems Center.

Rome Laboratory, located at Griffiss AFB, N.Y., is the Air Force's research and development center for command, control, communications and intelligence. The laboratory develops equipment and techniques for surveillance of ground and aerospace objects. It is part of the ElectronicsSystems Center.

Wright Laboratory is a part of the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson and is the Air Force's largest laboratory complex. The laboratory leads in the discovery, development and transition of aeronautical technologies. It is recognized as the center of technical excellence for materials and manufacturing, structures, cockpits, flight control and micro-electronics. It also is recognized for artificial intelligence, computational fluid dynamics, hypersonic vehicles, electronic warfare, air breathing propulsion and ordnance technology.

Test Centers

Arnold Engineering Development Center, at Arnold AFB, Tenn., has the nation's most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities. The center has more than 50 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistics ranges and other units. The center tests aircraft, missiles and space systems and subsystems at flight conditions they will experience during a mission.

Air Force Development Test Center, at Eglin AFB, Fla., tests and evaluates non-nuclear munitions, electronic combat systems, and navigation and guidance systems. The center's test wing manages all of the large test ranges on the 724-square-mile Eglin complex, as well as 86,500 square miles of water ranges in the adjacent Gulf of Mexico. Major tests include aircraft systems and subsystems, missiles, guns, bombs, rockets, targets and drones, high-powered radar and airborne electronic countermeasures equipment.

Air Force Flight Test Center, at Edwards AFB, Calif., covers 301,000 acres on the western edge of the Mojave Desert. It has tested all the aircraft in the Air Force inventory. The nation's first jet- and rocket-powered aircraft completed their first flights at Edwards. The center is where piloted aircraft first exceeded Machs 1 through 6. It is also the site of lifting-body research flights, critical to the design and development of the space shuttle.

Air Logistics Centers

Ogden Air Logistics Center, at Hill AFB, Utah, provides logistics support for the entire Air Force inventory of intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as depot-level maintenance for F/RF-4, F-16 and C-130 aircraft.

Other responsibilities include management of the Maverick air-to-ground missile, GBU-15 and laser-guided bombs and the Emergency Rocket Communications Systems. The center is the logistics manager for all landing gear, air munitions, solid propellants and explosive devices used by the Air Force.

Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, at Tinker AFB, Okla., provides worldwide
logistics support and depot-level maintenance for a variety of weapons systems, including the B-1B, B-52, multipurpose 135-series aircraft, the E-3 and E-4 and management of the B-2 bomber. It supports the short-range attack missile and the air-launched cruise missile. The center also manages a large variety of aircraft engines.

Sacramento Air Logistics Center, at McClellan AFB, Calif., provides worldwide logistics management and depot-level maintenance for a number of aircraft, including the F-111, A-7, A-10, C-12, C-21, T-39 and F-117A. It has worldwide responsibility for ground communications electronics, which includes several space-support programs and major ground-communications electronics system networks. The center will support the F-22 air superiority fighter.

San Antonio Air Logistics Center, at Kelly AFB, Texas, provides worldwide logistics support and depot-level maintenance for such weapon systems as the C-5, T-37, T-38 and C-17 aircraft. It manages more than 14,000 aircraft engines and 94,000 non-aircraft engines -- more than half the Air Force inventory. The center manages the Air Force's nuclear ordnance and fuels, liquid propellants and lubricants used by the Air Force, NASA and other agencies.

Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, at Robins AFB, Ga., provides worldwide
logistics management and depot-level maintenance for the F-15, C-141 and C-130 aircraft, as well as for utility aircraft, helicopters, missiles, and drone and remotely piloted vehicles. It is the main U.S. operating base for the E-8 Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System aircraft.

Major Specialized Centers

Aerospace Guidance and Metrology Center, at Newark AFB, Ohio, is the center that repairs missile and aircraft inertial guidance and navigation systems, and certain aircraft displacement gyroscopes. It provides a full range of engineering and consultation services on inertial systems to the Air Force and other DOD agencies. In addition, the center provides technical direction and management of the Air Force Metrology and Calibration Program.

Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., is the site for storing surplus aircraft and for aircraft regeneration. The center stores preserved aircraft indefinitely with minimum deterioration and corrosion because of the meager rainfall, low humidity and alkaline soil in the Tucson area. It presently stores more than 3,600 aircraft from all the services. When production of older aircraft ceases, the center sometimes is the sole source for parts. Reclamation projects have become a major part of the center's work load.

Air Force Security Assistance Center, at Wright-Patterson AFB, integrates and coordinates the security assistance activities of AFMC. The center ensures fulfillment of Air Force commitments for goods and services to its foreign customers -- more than 80 foreign governments, allies and international organizations. The center is responsible for information systems and process management that support the logistics and financial management of security-assistance programs.

Cataloging and Standardization Center, at Battle Creek, Mich., is the Air Force focal point for federal cataloging and DOD standardization programs. The center's item entry control process compares and technically assesses the form, fit, function and safety requirements of new items against currently cataloged items. This prevents duplicating in the inventory. Its logistics data management division develops, monitors and updates logistics data on all supply items used by the Air Force. A customer support division provides users information on stock and part numbers, and the interchangeability of spare parts.


AFMC traces its heritage to 1917 when the Equipment Division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps established a headquarters for its new Airplane Engineering Department at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, a World War I experimental engineering facility.

Functionally divided during World War II, research and development, and logistics were reunited for several years as Air Materiel Command during the late 1940s. In 1950, the Air Research and Development Command became a separate organization devoted strictly to research and development.

In 1961, Air Materiel Command was redesignated Air Force Logistics Command while Air Research and Development Command, gaining responsibility for weapon system acquisition, was redesignated Air Force Systems Command. The two commands were integrated to form Air Force Materiel Command July 1, 1992.

Point of Contact

Air Force Materiel Command
Public Affairs Offfice; 4375 Chidlaw Road Ste 6, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433
DSN 787-7592 or (513) 257-7592

November, 1995




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